Play Two and Call Me in the Morning
This week was full of work, various chores, getting travel in order; a typical stressful week. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get everything done and so rightfully I was stressed out a bit. Yet, I noticed that while I was casually playing some mobile games in line at the bank, I started to feel a little better. Did you know that there is a scientific basis for this?
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation found that when comparing two groups of individuals — one that was primed by playing casual video games and one that was not — there was a significant increase in mood in a similar way to normal psychotherapy.
This might be why we see a lot of people playing and enjoying simple, addictive games — they help reduce everyday stress. Some developers have even built games with the sole intention of helping prevent panic attacks. At any rate, don’t forget to play your mobile games — a play a day keeps the doctor away.
Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur
Ivan De Cabo
Why Play? The gameplay is dead simple, but this free game download is worth checking out simply because it’s a game that lives entirely in the iOS Notification Center at the top of your phone screen. Steve the Dinosaur runs along a path and you tap to have him jump over cacti. Hit one, and game over.
Marvel Avengers Academy
Why Play? Marvel has teamed up with TinyCo to bring us Avengers Academy, a character-driven city builder that boasts an impressive voice cast of Hollywood actors. While the gameplay is standard for F2P building games, the engagingly written character dialogue and blockbuster VO talent set this title apart— something that’s becoming hard and harder to do in the crowded mobile landscape.
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